My friends, Josh & Jaclyn were planning their wedding day for Monday, August 29th, and they graciously asked me to do their wedding cake. This was my very first wedding, so I was a whole range of emotions from thoroughly excited to entirely scared on any given day up until the wedding. Josh & Jaclyn are such wonderful, creative people and chose a theme that would be whimsical and fun! We planned out the cake, and this week, I started on the creative process. I made several flowers and rocks out of gumpaste earlier in the week and also made a small lantern, that would serve as their "topper."
|Some of the Gumpaste Flowers & Hearts|
|Getting ready to bake some cakes!|
We woke up at midnight to no power. Well, it'll probably come on in the morning, right? Hmmm, try Monday morning instead! The typical list maker that I am, had made up lists of things to accomplish on the cake every day. And Sunday's list was rather long...and I needed light...and I needed running water.
Joel's parents live nearby, and thankfully, they had power! So, we gathered up the cake entourage (and let me tell you, there was a LOT of cake stuff to transport), loaded everything into our car in the wind and rain, and set up shop at his parents' house. We spent a good 6 hours there, filling and decorating cupcakes, filling and preparing the cakes to make them "topsy-turvy" and then covering them with fondant.
|Getting all set up! I had just covered the cake board in fondant and then hot-glued some dark purple ribbon around the edges.|
|Filling the cupcakes with Oreo Filling|
|Peanut Butter Filling for the middle tier|
Doesn't this look like a giant whoopie pie??
|Oreo Filling for the top and bottom tiers|
This is also the first step in making a cake "topsy-turvy." You slice a layer in half diagonally, and then flip it around so that the thick ends are on top of each other.
|Top tier with the "crumb coat" of icing on top|
|All 3 ready to go!|
|Cutting out the inside so that the other layers will sit "flat" inside of this cake|
|Covering the cake with fondant|
When we got back home to no power, I was kind of disappointed. I had really wanted to finish the cake here at our house, instead of loading everything back up again. Then, our Amish neighbor came over and gave us a super bright battery-operated light to use. Again, life is funny...our neighbors who never use electricity came over to share their light with us. :) So, I was encouraged, that at least I would have light for the next day.
Monday morning, we layered the cake, and then the fun decorating process began! A waterfall, vines, and flowers slowly started making their way onto the cake.
|Joel helped me out by cutting wooden dowels to place between the layers for support.|
|The first few branches|
|Making leaves with this awesome mold that I found at Michaels!|
|Adding rocks and grass|
|Painting the water with an edible "shimmer" dust|
|Adding flowers and leaves|
|Here are some views of the cake|
Nevertheless, the cake arrived in one piece, and all was well. I am so thankful for all of Joel's help and support throughout the whole process, and I am thankful that God provided for everything that I needed, "just in time." :)
|Congratulations to Josh & Jaclyn!!|